All 'Fight Against the System’ category nominees win a VMA Moon Man including Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas’ for ‘Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL’
The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards celebrated all nominees in the ‘Fight Against the System’ category Sunday night as Katy Perry hosted thousands at the Forum in Inglewood, California. In a tribute to the victims of the Charlottesville riots and the death of Heather Heyer, all categories were honored and were awarded an MTV VMA, including Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL by Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas.
In addition to vocals by Taboo and Shailene Woodley, Native hip hop artists on Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL include Emcee One, Drezus, Supaman, Doc and Spencer Battiest, PJ Vargas, and Natalia MyVerse. Other contributing vocalists and musicians include Tony Duncan, Spencer Battiest, Kahara Hodges, Gerald Danforth, and Perry Cheevers.
Taboo named the group of Native hip hop artists in the video the MAG7 in honor of Martin Sensmeier’s role as Red Harvest in the film, the Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington. Martin Sensmeier also contributed to the video.
As a member of the Black Eyed Peas, Taboo has been nominated for and won a handful of Grammys and Video Music Awards. He previously told ICMN about this year’s VMA, “It’s more than just an award. It’s an acknowledgement of Native artists having a seat at the round table to change the narrative and break down the walls of what hip-hop is all about. It has nothing to do with my group or with me as an artist, it has to do with a movement that is about our people and celebrating indigenous culture.”
Native hip-hop artist PJ Vegas told ICMN in an email that the MTV VMA award and the night was a testament to never giving up and believing that “one day your voice will be heard. “A huge thanks to MTV for honoring us, the Mag7 crew along with Taboo and Shailene Woodley for our efforts to bring awareness to the fight to protect water and Mother Earth.”
“Stand up and shout every chance you get!” wrote Vegas.
Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, introduced the category and announced the formation of her non-profit organization, the Heather Heyer Foundation, which will provide scholarships in the fight against hate.
“I want people to know that Heather never marched alone. She was always joined by people of every race and every background in this country. In that spirit, MTV has decided to honor all six nominees for Best Fight Against the System.”
The category’s six nominees were all presented with the award and included Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL by Taboo and the Native Hip-Hop artists, Surefire by John Legend, Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara, Black SpiderMan by Logic and Damian Lemar Hudson, Light by Big Sean and Immigrantsby Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“Through their diversity, these six videos show their many ways to take action and many battlegrounds in the fight for social good,” said Bro.